THE NORDIC TRACTOR: THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE OF VOLVO, VALMET & VALTRA
Author: Justin Roberts
The Nordic Tractor traces the history of tractor production in Sweden and Finland. The story goes back over 200 years to the 19th century when the Industrial Revolution swept across Britain, and Sweden wanted to establish their manufacturing powerhouses. This was an exciting and fast-moving time for engineering. This book traces the ups, downs, and eventual demise of some of the first manufacturers working to serve the particular needs of the agricultural and forestry industries in this densely forested and rock-strewn region of Northern Europe.
This book looks in-depth at the companies which emerged from the early turmoil and how they developed their products based on the widespread technological advances of the time to create a tractor industry unique to the region. Today, Valtra—now owned by AGCO—stands proudly as the last remaining agricultural tractor maker in Scandinavia. Still, The Nordic Tractor shows where their roots lie in the establishment and history of companies such as Bolinder, Munktells, Volvo, and Valmet, who all stood out as major players in the Nordic region.
Including over 100 photos, many of which have never been published, this book will appeal to those with a specific interest in Nordic tractors, Nordic engineering, general Nordic history, and the general tractor enthusiast.